Munster council amends economic development area

2013-04-28T20:15:00Z 2013-04-28T23:10:05Z Munster council amends economic development areaLu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 28, 2013 8:15 pm  • 

MUNSTER | Three major economic development projects are now possible because the Town Council recently amended the Munster Economic Development Area, town officials said.

The amendment will allow bonds to be sold to finance the three projects.

They include the redevelopment of the west side of Calumet Avenue — starting south of the Shell gas station at the intersection of Calumet and Broadmoor avenues — and across from the Munster Shops.

As part of the redevelopment plan, the businesses currently on the west side of Calumet would be razed, and a developer would build duplex office buildings with parking on the sides and in the back.

The footprint of these buildings will be different because of the depth of the property, Town Manager Tom DeGiulio said.

“We expect the same quality of buildings as in Munster Shops,” he said. “This redevelopment will continue the look of the Munster Shops north and south along Calumet Avenue.”

A related project is the acquisition of Arnie’s Hot Dogs, 8125 Calumet Ave. The town is pursuing condemnation proceedings to acquire the land on which Arnie’s Hot Dogs stands.

In addition, the bonds sold as part of this new economic development area will finance a local incentive for Land O’Frost to move its corporate headquarters from Lansing to Munster and build a new facility, officials said.

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